I don’t know about you, but I’m never 100% happy with the decor at my house. There are always just one or two things that I’d like to tweak (or sometimes much more). I showed you my front porch last year …
And it wasn’t until I looked back at the above photo that I realized exactly how much I tweaked! Maybe we should play one of those games where you pick out all of the differences between the two photos.
Well? How many did you find?
Let’s start with the obvious. You might be tempted to think that I painted the Adirondack chair, but no, I switched it out entirely. Ken makes these chairs. It all started with a garage sale chair that my friend Sue had. She sold it to nnK. nnK kept it in her yard for several years, but it was getting pretty rickety. Thing is, it was super comfortable. Definitely the most comfortable Adirondack I’ve ever sat in. So nnK asked Ken to make her another one. Ken took the whole chair apart, made a pattern, and whipped up a matching chair. That started an Adirondack chair explosion. I have two, nnK has two, her brother has two (or maybe four?), my friend Sue has two, my friend Terri has two. And as of this summer, my sister has one also! We also sold a couple at the Carriage House sale.
And now I have three! The chartreuse chair was always meant to be outside, along with a 2nd chair that matches it. That color looks great in the garden. But Mr. Q found it so comfortable that he insisted on having it on the porch. I tried to make the chartreuse work out there, but it just didn’t. So I commissioned chair number three from Ken and painted it white. I also added a black and white pillow from H & M Home.
The next really obvious change? I sold the little pale green washstand that was next to the chair, and replaced it with the black cupboard that used to be in the Q Branch.
The black cupboard has a lot more presence than the washstand did. It is filled with my ever growing collection of vintage cameras.
Another major change was selling the very pretty china cabinet that was on the west end of the room. Having two glass fronted cabinets so close to each other was a bit redundant. It was a really pretty piece, but I let it go to one of my favorite customers! I haven’t actually found a permanent replacement for that spot. I know the perfect piece will come along eventually, but for now I have a small farm table set up as a desk.
This spot works incredibly well for photos shoots of small items. Such as my fab two new vintage scales.
The taller one I snagged at my own sale (much like the blue and white truck from last week), the shorter one was a gift from Sue!
It even still has its tag …
Another tweak to this room was adding a stencil to the front of the small trunk that sits between the two chairs. I’d been meaning to do this for quite some time, but just hadn’t gotten around to it. I picked up this trunk at a garage sale (naturally).
It came just like this, complete with chippy white paint job and rusty wheels. And check out the inside.
Isn’t that insert just fantastic? It’s hidden away in there just waiting for me to find the perfect use for it.
But meanwhile, I added a stencil to the front.
While sitting on the front porch, you also get a great view of my front window box just outside.
I feel like my porch looks a bit more pulled together and cohesive this year. Not as cluttered. I’m really happy with all of the changes I made. Speaking of which, how many changes did you spot?